On LawNext Podcast: Devshi Mehrotra, co-founder of JusticeText, on equal opportunities for low-income defendants

Devshi Mehrotra was a computer science student at the University of Chicago when she and her classmate Leslie Jones Dove developed JusticeTexta platform that makes it easier for public defenders to review and analyze the massive amounts of police body cameras and other video footage that are becoming increasingly common in criminal cases.

At the time, Mehrotra (pictured above right with Jones-Dove) never envisioned it as a business or a career. But a year after graduating, as a video of police misconduct brought the country to a national review of racial justice and criminal justice reform, she realized that was exactly what what she was supposed to do. For someone with no background in law or entrepreneurship, it was, she says, a terrifying leap of faith.

Since then, JusticeText has built a strong base of public defender offices as clients and recently raised $2.2 million in seed funding. Meanwhile, Mehrotra and Jones-Dove have been recognized and rewarded for their innovative product and social justice mission, including both being named to the Fastcase 50 for 2022, after being named by Smithsonian Magazine as one of Sixteen Innovators to watch in 2022, and being named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2021.

In this episode of LawNext, Mehrotra joins me in sharing the story of how and why she built JusticeText and what the future holds for the still fledgling company.

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Denise W. Whigham